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Caring for your South African Boerboel

Until the South African boerboel became a standardized breed Boerboel was Afrikaans for farm dog of unknown origins. Boerboels for the last couple of centuries have been mostly kept on large plantation like farms in South Africa. Theses dogs were smart and obedient and accompanied farmers on their daily task. Now without a farm we still employ our boerboels in canine atheletics.

South African Boerboel dogs puppies can be the ultimate k9 athlete.

All Ohio Boerboel Breeders dogs pups are trained and prepared to develop their full physical and mental potential. african-boerboelWe train South African Boerboel dogs-puppies beginning with a strong foundation in basic obedience followed up with physical fitness the using the H.I.I.T and K.I.L. philosophy. H.I.I.T High intensity interval training and K.I.L is an acronym for keep it lean and focused on keeping your dog in the best physical condition possible and does not allow him/her to gain unhealthy excess weight.

Obesity is as much of a problem in mastiff dogs and puppies as it is in humans. Most people are not even aware that there dog borders obese! Ideally you should be able to see a thin layer of muscle covering your Boerboels ribs not fat. You should be able to see the ribs!.Just past the ribs we like to see the stomach tucked. Do not allow your South African Boerboel to begin bad habits like eating and laying around you need to have a plan.

THE BIGGEST BOERBOEL is not always healthy.

I can not tell you how many time a person has called looking for "the biggest puppy in the littter." or worse when they get their new Boerboel puppy home they do crazy stuff attempting to make it grow fast like overfeeding cooking chiken making macaroni and cheese just to name a few lol. But the reality of the situation is your puppy wil get as big as his or her genetics allow and there is not much you can do to change it. Overfeeding is one of the most common mistakes.

Think for a moment are you at your very best when you weigh as much as your skeletal frame can possible support. For example I range between 205 and 225 depending on what I eat and how calories I am burning. Honestly my frame could support 400 pounds maybe more. Would that be good for me to be a big as I could possibly be. If I just ate a layed around and packed on the calories without any mental or physical stimulation would that be good for me an individual being bred to perform. ABSOLUTELY NOT.

The exact same is true for South African Boerboels. they are bred to perform on a daily basis. And if you dont use it you lose it. Having a South African Boerboel or any working guard dog breed fat and out of shape is unhealthy and will shorten your beloved pets life span. It is also stressfull if they are not mentally challenged. A boerboel puppy untrained mentally + unworked physically will be a catastrophe for the unpredared owner.Thats why we are see so many boerboel in need of rescue and in shelters.


There are 3 methods of training that we use to obtain this in our Boerboels. All beginning with a strong foundation in the core 5 obedience commands( come sit stay heel down). Every dog should know the basic obedience commands come heel sit down and stay.

Weight Training

Ohio Boerboel Breeders dogs pups are trained to pull weight. Weight training increases our dogs phycial power and imposing appearance. Ohio Breeders use a weight pull harness to have our boerboels pull a wide range of weights. From dumbbells to cars weight pulling greatly increases our boerboels strength, appearance, and health. With weight pulling our South African boerboels get very strong and it helps to develop large powerful muscles in the chest, neck, torso back and legs.

Endurance Training-

Endurance training means training to go the distance. Our South African Boerboel dogs-puppies involves much running and swimming. Endurance training greatly build our dogs-pups cardiovascular system. Our South African Boerboels run with us along side bike cars and atv's and swim in lakes ponds and pools. Endurance training is about building up the dog-pup for the long run. In our endurance training we push our dogs past that extra mile.We like to confuse the muscles by alternating our routines consistently. Depending on what we are training for our dogs-pups will be involved weight endurance and skill training. The goal behind our endurance training is to greatly increase our dogs ability to perform.

Skill Training-

Skill training is training your boerboel to do something specific. Example would be to hunt or for agility. Training for any competition involves skill specific training. Even weight pull is not just hook my dog to the weight and let it pull. There are specific routines involved in ever k9 sport that require specific skill sets.

Our young boerboel pups begin training as soon as they leave their mom. In young dogs-pups it is important not to overdo it. Keep in mind that a puppy is still developing its musculoskeletal structure and you don't want to cause irreparable damage by overworking. Our young boerboel pups are never involved in activities that we deem too strenuous. It is important to know signs of fatigue in your pup dog to avoid injury or death.


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